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Dear Friends Of Youth Alliance – End Of Year Statement From Executive Director

Dear Friends of Youth Alliance,

One of the many reasons to be thankful this year is our community’s continued commitment to stand together in the face of such national, state, and local challenges. The strength, determination, and generosity we’ve seen from this multi-generational movement has demanded more of our humanity and of our community, and for this, I am grateful.

As we dream of a better future for our children, I continue to be inspired and motivated by our young activists and courageous leaders who, as our elders wisely told us, continue this work not out of hate for the other, but out of love for our community. Youth Alliance has moved quickly to respond in the midst of this crisis. Our exceptionally resilient and creative team has worked tirelessly to innovate how we provide support to the thousands of children and families we serve.

YA gratefully received immediate relief to keep our work going and provide direct aid to the many families and youth affected by the pandemic. Despite the challenges, the YA team worked with partners to conduct and help lead Census outreach efforts to local Hard to Reach populations, conduct voter registration and education, and convened and supported critical workgroups to address critical issues of inequity such as access to bilingual information, education support, broadband and technology access, and housing.

As the founder and CEO of Youth Alliance for the last 25 years, I can honestly say that this year has been like no other we have ever weathered. And yet, because of our strong partnerships, responsive foundations, and our incredibly hardworking staff, interns, and young people, YA is moving forward with as much grit, passion, and determination to organize the voices of those who have been most impacted, to support youth and community healing and well-being, and to push for transformation that is grounded in equity, justice, and dignity.

We thank you for being with us throughout the years and we ask you to stand with us again this year in whatever way you can. YA is leading and co-convening exciting, transformative work in education and juvenile justice systems that will uproot how youth of color and youth in need have often been harmed by criminalization, and instead, work with community to reimagine and build a compassionate support system for young people with mentorship, guidance, and healing. An exciting goal in 2021 will be realized when we are able to open our Restorative Justice Youth Center in January in Hollister and expand our site in Gilroy. This can become a reality with your support.

YA will also continue to prioritize direct aid to families in need. With this commitment at the forefront of YA’s efforts, we have proudly given out over $60,000 in direct assistance to families and youth. YA’s Solidarity Fund is a means for you to give knowing that it will directly help a family or teen in need of help to eat, pay bills, buy home essentials, provide educational resources, and know that their community cares about them.

It is with humility and deep resolve that I ask you to believe in Youth Alliance’s vision to continue to invest in youth and their leadership. We will continue to be there for one another and we thank you for your generous support and investment to make sure each youth in need of support will never be turned away.

With love and respect,


November Election 2020 – Voter Guide & Information

Find My Polling Location

To find your polling location, please visit:

Where’s My Ballot?

The California Secretary of State is now offering voters a new way to track and receive notifications on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot. The “Where’s My Ballot?” tool lets voters know where their ballot is, and its status, every step of the way. Sign up at

When you sign up for “Where’s My Ballot?” you will receive automatic updates when your county elections office:

  • Mails your ballot,
  • Receives your ballot,
  • Counts your ballot, or
  • If there are any issues with your ballot.

Voters who sign up at can choose to receive automatic updates by:

  • Email
  • Text Message (SMS)
  • Voice Call

Tracking your ballot
—when it is mailed, received, and counted—
has never been easier.

California Ballot Guide

Check out Policy Link‘s voter guide for California Propositions.

Or click the download button below for a PDF version.

For Spanish version, click on the button below.

#YA25 Auction

#YA25 Auction

The Solidarity Fund Auction is now LIVE! A special thanks to our community members and local businesses who generously donated towards auction items!

 All funds raised will go directly to the Youth Alliance, Solidarity Fund. The fund was established to meet immediate needs of youth and families we serve in our counties and will provide financial resources for families in urgent need as well as youth center programs that provide needed support during this time.

Help us reach our goal of raising $50,000! 

The auction will have something for everyone! Vintage home decor items, organic items, gift certificates and beautifully framed art pieces by local artist Carlos Muñoz!

There’s also local experiences to bid on like; a Gourmet 4 course Meal by Chef Mark Segovia, Afternoon Tea for 12 at the Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast and a Virtual Pain Party for 10 by Nacho Moya!

Here’s how you can participate!

  • Bid on our *Auction items the week of June 14th – 25th
  • Pre-register an account so you can “watch” items you like from our Youth Alliance Lot at
  • Register your payment information with Garlic City Auctions so you can  bid on your favorite items!
  • Watch your items and get real-time updates on bids!  Winners will be pronounced end of day June 25th!

 * The auction is open to the public. Winner need not be present to win.

Our heartfelt thanks to our auction donors, community businesses and Garlic City Auctions for supporting our fundraiser!

If you have questions please feel free to contact us at or 831.636.2853.

CLICK HERE – YA Live Auction
CLICK HERE - YA Live Auction



Check out just some of the items below!

Youth Alliance celebrates the end to a great year!

-Join us in this end-of-year appeal-

As the end of 2019 approaches, we can’t help but pause to think of all the lives that have been changed thanks to the programs we offer here at Youth Alliance, but it is thanks to generous partners, ongoing supporters, and incredible allies like you, that allow us to serve over 8,500 children, youth, and adults each year in San Benito County, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill.

Youth Alliance has a powerful vision of youth healing, leadership, and voice to support positive change that transforms lives and communities.  Our mission is to provide innovative and culturally relevant services that strengthen and enrich youth, families, and the community. We are able to achieve all this with engagingprograms such as Power School, CASA, CAMINOS counseling, and youth and parent leadership and organizing such as in PARENT ALLIANCE and HYPE.

“Thank you for never giving up on me,” Sara, OLLIN.

“Muchas gracias austed, joven, por lo que hacepor mi hijo (Thank you so much, young man, for what you do for my son),” parent of youth in HYPE.

The need for youth programs and restorative spaces has been key in allowing young people to be safe and receive access to needed help and healing. For some, like Ozzy, it was about rediscovering his value and supporting him to accomplish his educational and life goals. Now, he is in college and looking to a bright future.  Aphrodite is a star student-athlete in Gilroy. She is also a superb volunteer who began working as an after school mentor in her early teens. She is an example of YA’s vision to support youth as leaders of social change.

Lives are changed daily. In 2020, Youth Alliance is turning 25 and with this milestone, we are reaching for the stars and designing a restorative Youth Impact Center in Hollister with goals to expand the Center in Gilroy. In the spirit of the Holiday Season, I invite you to partner with us in these efforts. A tax-deductible donation will help us reach our goal of $20,000.00.

Your donation will bring necessary resources to vulnerable communities who depend on the critical support we provide in order to cultivate a healthier future for children and youth.


Happy Holidays!

Support Services in light of Garlic Festival Tragedy

Youth Alliance is on call for what ever is needed to help our community that we love. YA Gilroy office is open all day if you need support or just want to be among friends. 7598 Monterey S. (Off Lewis) Counseling resources are available at Christopher High, July 29, from 8 am-5 pm as students, staff and community begin healing.

Youth Alliance’s Gilroy Office will also be open all day for support and resources. Just a reminder that Youth Allliance Gilroy Office is located in downtown Gilroy, entering through Lewis Street. For questions, call 408.840.3685


2019 Change Makers


Saturday, September 21, 2019

5:30pm – 10pm

The Barn by Leal Vineyards

6971 Airline Hwy

Hollister, CA 95023


Sponsorships and tickets available! Call 831-636-2853.

Purchase Tickets at

This year, YA is thrilled to announce that we have set ourselves a $250,000 fundraising goal in celebration of our 25 Year Anniversary. Dubbed the #YA25 Campaign, our vision is to give each of you the opportunity to participate in bringing to life much-needed community youth impact centers. These centers will be equipped with multiple counseling rooms and youth-training spaces complete with computer stations. Using restorative justice principles, our aim is to create spaces designed for youth empowerment, positive expression, education and most importantly, life success.

This year’s event is not to be missed and will include entertainment, raffles, auctions, celebration of Change Makers (like yourself), and a special recognition of a nominated community member for their outstanding and exemplary work. Your continued generosity through sponsorship, partnership, volunteer work and donations ensures that YA is able to continue its mission to effect change and create a more aspiring and engaging community for our youth. Your sponsorship in our #YA25 campaign looks forward to building out our youth impact centers, awarding scholarships / fellowships to local youth, as well as expanding our highly needed outreach support services in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County.


THANK YOU to our current sponsors:

Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Workshop


Youth Alliance, in partnership with the San Benito County Office of Education, invites the community to the Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline workshop on March 20 at Paine’s Restaurant in Hollister. Tia Martinez, Principal at Forward Change Consulting, is expected to present the historical and current landscape of what is nationally known as the “School to Prison Pipeline.”

The School to Prison Pipeline is a descriptor for the fact that students who have been suspended have far higher dropout rates and are significantly more likely to become involved in the juvenile justice system than their peers. Data at the state and national levels show that these outcomes disproportionately affect youth of color and youth with disabilities.

In an effort to scale up the systems, structures, and policies that build safe, holistic, and healing schools for all students, participants will review the statewide school discipline trends and discuss best practices in the creation of a continuum of positive supports for their school and community. Participants will have the opportunity to work in school district or community teams to problem solve and create an action plan to support all students.

Local school district or community teams are encouraged to attend, including teachers, counselors, behavioral health professionals, law enforcement, administrators, parents, and young adults. We will work to identify areas for improvement and partnerships needed to support the educational success of all.

Some research: “There is little evidence that suspension and expulsion benefit students or their communities. Psychologists have found that disciplinary exclusion policies can increase “student shame, alienation, rejection, and breaking of healthy adult bonds,” thereby exacerbating negative mental health outcomes for young people. Behavioral problems among school-age youth are associated with high rates of depression, drug addiction, and home-life stresses. For students with these mental health concerns, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has found that suspension can increase stress and may predispose them to antisocial behavior and even suicidal ideation.

-American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). (2003). Policy statement: Out-of-school suspension and expulsion.” Pediatrics. 112 (5). 1206-1210.

To register for this workshop, go to and use the calendar function to find the workshop link.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Monica Barragan at (831) 637-5393 ext. 126 or email

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